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Staff pick: The Joy of Chocolate: Recipes and Stories from the Wonderful World of the Cocoa BeanStaff pick: The Romance RecipeStaff pick Just Your Local Bisexual DisasterStaff pick: Mistakes Were MadeStaff pick: Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make UsStaff Pick: The WinnersStaff Pick: The Family RemainsStaff Pick: MatrixStaff Pick - Monsters of TempletonThe Whalebone Theatre - staff pickstaff pick the marriage portraitStaff Pick - BakeStaff Pick: BabelStaff Pick: On The RooftopStaff Pick: The Bullet That MissedStaff Pick: California BurningBad City Staff PickChef's Kiss - staff pickLove Radio Staff PickStaff Pick: THE DISPLACEMENTS by Author Bruce HolsingerTOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle ZevinStaff Pick: She Gets the Girl by Rachael LippincottThe Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor--the Truth and the TurmoilAfterparties: Stories By Anthony Veasna So; Cover Image By Anthony Veasna SoIN HER BOOTS, KJ Dell’AntoniaThe Woman In the LibraryWrong Place Wrong Time Staff PickThe Promise - staff pickNightcrawling - staff pickThis Time TomorrowHollywood Park

 

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Kathleen's Recent Recommendations

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   Kathleen AvatarStaff Pick - Monsters of Templeton IN HER BOOTS by KJ Dell’AntoniaBook LoversYear on FireSister StardustThis Time Tomorrow Cover of Nora Goes Off ScriptThe Unsinkable Greta James coverYerba Buena

 

Samantha's Recent Recommendations

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   Sam AvatarThe DisplacementsThe PromiseThe Love Songs of W.E.B. Du BoisTrustWonderworksHollywood ParkThe Liar's Dictionary 

 

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   Amy AvatarStaff pick: Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make UsAfterpartiesCover of Bloodlands Cover of Fight NightCover of Happy Go-LuckyCover of Running OutCover of The Family OutingCover of Rouges True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and CrooksCover of Oh William!Cover of Lucy by the Sea

 

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   Avatar of Beth Staff Pick: The WinnersStaff Pick: The Family Remainsstaff pick the marriage portraitHorse by Geraldine BrooksTake My HandCover of The Love of My LifeCover of I Must Betray YouCover of The Guide

 

Zinna's Recent Recommendations

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  Avatar of ZinnaStaff pick: The Romance RecipeStaff pick Just Your Local Bisexual DisasterStaff pick: Mistakes Were MadeChef's Kiss - staff pickLove Radio Staff PickWhere the Crawdads Sing (Movie Tie-In)She Gets the GirlYou Made a Fool of Death with Your BeautyGold Diggers Written in the StarsLove & Other Disasters

 

Donna's Recent Recommendations

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   Donna Avatar ElsewhereThe Palace PapersSea of TranquilityChouette The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family

 

Mike's Recent Recommendations

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   Mike AvatarStaff Pick: MatrixStaff Pick: BabelStaff Pick: On The RooftopStaff Pick: California BurningBad City Staff PickStaff Pick: THE DISPLACEMENTS by Author Bruce HolsingerTOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle ZevinCover of A Master of Djinn  

 

Gen's Recent Recommendations

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   Drawing of Genevieve>Staff pick: The Joy of Chocolate: Recipes and Stories from the Wonderful World of the Cocoa BeanThe Whalebone Theatre - staff pickStaff Pick - BakeStaff Pick: The Bullet That MissedThe Woman in the LibraryWrong Place Wrong Time staff pickThe IslandThe It GirlChorus cover

 

Kathleen's Top 3 Books of 2021

   Kathleen AvatarLost and Found Bookshop Cover of Mary JaneCover of The Guncle

 

Sarah's Top 3 Books of 2021

   Kathleen AvatarCover of Crying In H Mart Cover of The House In The Cerulean Sea Cover of Mary Jane

 

Donna's Top 3 Books of 2021

   Donna Avatar Cover of The Swallowed Man The Family Roe: An American StoryCover of Cloud Cuckoo Land

 

Amy's Top 3 Books of 2021

   Amy AvatarCover of A Little Devil In America Cover of How The Word Is PassedCover of These Precious Days

 

Gen's Top 3 Books of 2021

   Drawing of GenevieveCover of Still LifeCover of The Man Who Died TwiceCover of the House in the Cerulean Sea

 

Beth's Top 3 Books of 2021

   Avatar of BethCover of The Music of The BeesCover of The 1619 ProjectCover of The Guest List

 

Zinna's Top 3 Books of 2021

  Avatar of Zinna Cover of CasteCover of Skye FallingCover of The Invisible Life of Addie Larue

 

Caitlin's Top 3 Books of 2021

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   Caitlin AvatarCover of Slouching Towards Bethlehen UntamedThree Sisters

 

Mike's Top 3 Books of 2021 

   Mike AvatarRazorblade Tears: A Novel by S. A. Cosby. The Secret Lives of Church LadiesThis Is How You Lose the Time War

Samantha's Top 3 Books of 2021

   Sam AvatarCloud Cuckoo Land IntimaciesSmall Things Like These

 

Recent Fiction Recommendations!

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Cover of Apples Never Fall Cover of State of Terror   Invisible Life of Addie Larue  Cover of Matrix

 

Recent Nonfiction Recommendations!

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The Dawn of EverythingCover of Having and Being HadCover of A Little Devil in America Cover of How the Word is Passed   Cover of World Traveler  Cover of Stanley Tucci Taste

 

New/Recommended Science Fiction, Fantasy and Dystopian!

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NoorCover of Attack SurfaceBoxed set of The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky (Paperback) Cover of Feral Creatures

Kids' Book Recommendations!

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Cover of There's a Ghost in this House Cover of Daughter of the Deep   Cover of Dear Little One  Cover of Negative Cat

 

Meet Our Great Good Staff!

Kathleen

Kathleen

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Samantha

Sweet spot: Fiction about Irish characters, rock music and bookstores

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Sweet spot: literary fiction

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Sarah

Donna

Author of middle grade novels

Sweet spot: literary fiction

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My favorite question is, “What do you recommend for building a newborn’s first library?” In addition to board books for babies, I love literary fiction, nonfiction about nature & history, and memoirs.

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Amy

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Mike

I read literary fiction, essays, some short stories, memoirs, history, and true crime. I’m drawn to stories set in the West, about women’s interior lives, refugees, and literature in translation.

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I'm an audiobook listener, and I love literary fiction, science fiction, non-fiction about science, politics, social issues and law

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Gen

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Zinna

In addition to historical fiction and literary fiction, I'm a big murder mystery fan, especially the classic English manor house mystery, and I can't resist a good Scandinavian noir thriller!

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What I like to read: I dabble in just about all genres, but I primarily read fiction--literary, romantic, fantasy, mystery, thriller, and sci-fi. I am also intrigued by YA fiction in most of those genres, especially teen dystopia or fantasy series. I tend to seek out women, queer/trans and Black authors, especially for memoirs, essays and social justice non-fiction.

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Beth

My book consumption is about 2/3 audiobooks and 1/3 print. My favorite books introduce me to new places, eras and cultures. I’m a big fan of historical fiction and novels that address social and cultural issues.  My “beach reads” tend to be mysteries and novels about extended/dysfunctional families.

 

 

 

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Gold DiggersThe IslandTake My HandThe VerifiersThe Last Confessions of Sylvia PCover of The Loveof My LifeCover of Liar's Dictionary Wonderworks staff pickLittle Foxes